o here’s a book about the GOP and it’s failings. And before YOU jump on ME for posting this, keep in mind that the author of this review of HIS beloved party (Matt K. Lewis) already told me that if I’m reading this with a handful of popcorn, in it for laffs, it isn’t the book for me. And it wasn’t.
At least not for laughs. For an interesting read into the decay of the Republican Party, you can’t do wrong by reading this.
So the author outlines the party from its high water mark with Regan (we disagree in his assessment that Regan could do no wrong) through the meandering Bush years, up to the pending 2016 elevation (I suspect it went to press early that year, since Trump is noted as little more than an outside presence at this point). But he looks at what his beloved party stands for (small government, respect for the past, deliberate decision-making) and the impact of “The Southern Strategy” (reaching out to the angry bigots of the south). He even calls out notables in his party who have disgraced Republican ideals with their inexperience or belligerence. In short, it is an honest and heartfelt consideration by a lifelong Republican towards the decay of his party.
Now, there are things I don’t agree with. For example, Clinton is shown in a less than favorable light and Obama is listed as a disaster (with no reasons given, so it seems Mr. Lewis might be colored by the same belligerence he bemoans). More telling, he speaks highly of Tucker Carlson (he even has a blurb by the man on his back cover) which is shaming, given the lies the entertainer stands exposed of.
Still, I did my best with this one, given my own political bent. And frankly, Mr. Lewis, for all your grand ideals, you must be cringing after four years of Trump, his open insurrection and the presidential tit-sucking by DeSantis as of late. Possibly the foundations of Republicanism are laudable. But I’m afraid all I see is naked aggression and thuggery.
Still, a good read for an inside look at politics and decay.